Sunday, 24 September, 2017

A Group Linked to Leaking NSA Spying Tools Is Making Another Threat

Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 20:10

In a post on their blog, the hackers announced that they would be launching a monthly data dump service, comparing it to a "wine of the month club" for hackers. Payment will likely be made in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin given the group's ransom demands in previous cyber attacks. This data dump is also said to carrying information on banks using the SWIFT worldwide money transfer network.

In a blog post published Tuesday, titled, "Oh Lordy!" Microsoft patched the problem before the attack, but it's still raised questions about how, and when, the NSA decides to hold on to software vulnerabilities.

The Shadow Brokers had originally tried to sell the stolen tools in an auction, but backed down after receiving no bidders.

The hacking group that leaked the American spy tool used in last week's ransomware attack has threatened to unleash more sophisticated cyberweapons, bank data and nuclear secrets.

The NSA has not commented on Shadow Brokers since the group emerged a year ago, or the contents of past leaks.

Given the strong links between the Kremlin and the Shadow Brokers, the latter claim may simply be a hoax, created to keep observers guessing as to the group's origins. The US government has not commented directly on the matter. Another NSA employee was also arrested in 2015, but no information has been released about the individual.

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Despite these attempts to monetise the stolen hacking tools, a number of them have been leaked to the general public by the group, which is believed to be Russian. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others confirmed the leak was authentic.

Another national security expert and former top Pentagon official, Michael Sulmeyer, echoed Hayden's fears about the Shadow Brokers "disaster". It condems them for not buying the exploits in the past and has given them another chance to purchase the entire stolen data dump before it starts to auction on the dark web, in parts. The bad news is that the hacking collecting responsible for releasing the exploit upon which the WannaCry ransomware is based on is planning to release more Windows exploits and hacking tools to anyone willing to pay.

The cybercriminal gang behind the WannaCry ransomware - Shadow Brokers - posed in a blog post that every month they will be releasing more and more of the data they stole.

That exploit is ETERNALBLUE, a supposed hacking tool developed by the Equation Group, a codenamed usually given to NSA cyber-operations.

"TheEquationGroup is having spies inside Microsoft and other US technology companies".

This EternalBlue vulnerability was actually first discovered by the USA security agency NSA, but the agency's hacking arsenal was stolen by the Shadow Brokers, and now the hacker group responsible for this theft has written a blogpost.

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